I can’t say it often enough—flowering trees have my whole heart and then some. And this is the week (maybe two if I’m lucky) in April when all the New York Trees are coming back to life with riotous pinks (why is it always pink? because Mother Nature loves me?) and it’s 800% easier to be happy.
I went a little plant-crazy this weekend, buying a dracaena, a flower plant whose name I can’t remember, and the above—I’m pretty sure it’s mistletoe but all I remember for certain is that the woman at the Union Square Farmer’s Market I bought it from told me multiple times the berries were NOT edible. Are there any plant lovers on tumblr who can confirm? I’ve also found a lot of information on how to start a mistletoe plant, but not how to take care of it indoors. Is it ok to keep it in my cubicle, which doesn’t get any sunlight?
My other plant adventures—buying little kits at Target for tomato and poppy plants, and a seed-starting kit where I planted Impatiens then a bunch of herbs since I had leftover seeds from my last big plant craze. They’re 3 years old and didn’t sprout when I put them in bigger pots in my windowsill, but I’m holding out hope this will be more successful. Seeds are expensive but I’d be annoyed to have to start over.
I really need a plant mentor who can help me Lean In to this whole indoor gardening thing. Someone who can tell me how to force my 3-year-old avocado tree to sprout branches instead of just growing ever taller and skinnier.
I have plant fever. Sadly, the five different herb seeds I planted last weekend have yet to show any signs of sprouting.
The back garden at Het Grachtenhuis (The Canal House Museum) in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Designed by Dutch landscape architect Michael van Gessel.
To read a good comparison of this garden and Giles Clements’ boxwood garden in Paris at Parc Citroen click here:
Ficus carica (the plants) makes a breathtaking display of aerial greenery filling the glass dome of what was once a chapel. Tradition has it that the dome was built round the tree.
see how plants can be amazing…